Technical and Professional Workers Overwhelmingly Approve Union Contract Agreement With Cabell Huntington Hospital

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Technical and professional workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new three-year Union contract. The contract includes improved insurance benefits and wage increases, which will strengthen staff retention and benefit nearly 150 area workers and their families.

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 29th, 2021
Press Contact: Joyce Gibson, jgibson@seiu1199.org, 304-654-0824

HUNTINGTON, West Virginia – Technical and professional workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital, including CT Specialist Techs, Medical Lab Tech II’s, Nuclear Medicine Techs, X-Ray Techs, Radiation Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, and Ultrasound Techs, have approved their first contract agreement with hospital executives. In the largest victory since West Virginia became a “right-to-work” state, nurses with Cabell Huntington Hospital voted to form a Union in November 2019. Technical and professional workers voted to form a Union with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH in February 2020.

“With the ratification of this contract agreement, we have a greater voice in the area of patient care,” said Courtney Merritt, a Cat Scan Tech at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “The contract includes guaranteed wage increases and improved benefits. This agreement benefits technical and professional workers at the hospital, in addition to our families,” Courtney Merritt continued.  

Nearly 150 workers are represented in the technical and professional worker bargaining unit. Union members approved the contract agreement after voting at intervals from 6AM to 8PM on Monday, March 29th.

“For decades, technical and professional workers have worked alongside members with SEIU District 1199 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. With this new contract agreement, technical and professional workers, nurses, service workers, and maintenance staff, will have a stronger voice together,” said Joyce Gibson, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “These workers, including respiratory therapists and others, have bravely served the public throughout the COVID19 pandemic. This contract agreement will make a difference in the provision of quality care and staff retention,” continued Joyce Gibson. “The new agreement also makes substantial improvements in wages and benefits,” Gibson concluded.

SEIU District 1199 has represented workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital for over 40 years. In the largest victory since West Virginia became a “right-to-work” state, nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital joined SEIU District 1199 in November 2019. Technical workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital joined SEIU District 1199 in February 2020.

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